(CNN)The year’s second major Atlantic hurricane is growing bigger and stronger as it aims to deliver strong winds and large swells to Bermuda during a rare pass Wednesday night just north of the Atlantic island territory.

Humberto’s “large hurricane-force wind field continues to expand,” with winds of at least 74 mph now extending 105 miles from the storm’s center, forecasters said. Tropical-storm-force winds stronger than 38 mph reach out as far as 195 miles, they said, citing a morning report from a US Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft.

Humberto is due to pass less than 100 miles from Bermuda, CNN meteorologists said.

    “Hurricane conditions are expected to reach Bermuda this evening and continue into early Thursday morning,” forecasters said.

    Two to 4 inches of rain, dangerous waves along south-facing beaches and a storm surge of 1 to 3 feet also are expected, the hurricane center said.

    Humberto is one of three storms drawing attention in the Atlantic basin. Imelda, a tropical depression, has rescue teams on alert as it threatens to dump the most rain since Hurricane Harvey on eastern Texas. And Tropical Storm Jerry, still far east of the Leeward Islands, could strengthen into a hurricane by week’s end.

    The rush of activity comes as the Atlantic hurricane season reaches it statistical peak in the weeks surrounding September 10, a period when weather conditions favor storms forming quickly.

    Hurricanes don’t often approach Bermuda

    Only 21 hurricanes have passed within 100 miles of Bermuda over the past century, with Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014 the last to make landfall there.

    “They go by, but it’s such a small target,” CNN meteorologist Monica Garrett said. “So, they don’t usually make landfall.”

    A hurricane warning is in effect for the Bermuda, meaning hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours.

      Humberto will continue to be a dangerous storm and hurricane-force winds are likely to be felt across the Island, CNN meteorologists said.

      “Weather should begin to deteriorate in Bermuda later today,” the hurricane center said early Wednesday.

      Source: http://edition.cnn.com/


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